SAPPYFEST: Putting the HIP in HIPPIE since 2006

Sappyfest 2012 was dicks down the coolest and most laid back music festival I have ever been to.
It was made up of the greatest group of bands/musicians and included something from practically every genre out there (except ragga, because RAGGA SUCKS).
I don't recall seeing a band I didn't like over 3 days packed with shows and for a judgemental jerk such as myself that's huge.
Usually festivals like this attract douchebags and drunk idiots like fruit flies to beer, but somehow, SOMEHOW I didn't get any inkling of such from ANYBODY at the festival.

Is Sappyfest heaven on earth for us who can handle our liquor and can't handle fist pumping bros?
Hidden in swampy small town Sackville, New Brunswick, catering largely to East Coast'ers and the bands who play, I declare Sappyfest a little slice of heaven in the otherwise douchebag dumbass pukey idiot-filled scene that is summer music festivals.
And if there must be a God to bind the heavenly label, it would be the dude who did the lights. I dub him HYPERION.

Amen to Sappyfest.

Day 1:

You can tell a festival will be a good one when you already want to label the first band as THE BEST BAND OF THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL. Canailles from Montreal popped this years sappy cherry with their entirely French mucky jamboree style party folk and blew me the fuck away into their musical swamp of AWESOME. Not only was the music alone enough to wet my pants (with more than swamp water) but the way they interacted with the crowd, jumping off stage to get us to square dance with them, then ushering us all to get real low - which I've NEVER seen happen successfully until I saw everybody doing it for them - during a quiet moment in a song before marionette'ing us back up into an all out dance party. All this was happening in time to their own choreography playing out on the stage, none of which came of even the slightest bit cheesy - another first. Holy Canaille-y Batman. After seeing the rest of the fest I still declare this band the best of the best.

I LOVE METZ. I have seen them before but never as close as I was this time, and I felt like I was watching heaven crash down onto the stage as they played. It was like hearing, feeling and BEING an orgasm from start to finish. Their noise/grunge was the pussy and I the penis, and the mosh pit the friction between us. I think I pulled my leg during their set, but I felt no pain. METZBONERZ!

This band creeped the shit out of me with their puppet-like Asian walking crowd terrorizing things (I have Pupaphobia, fuck off) before actually enthralling me. But they did end up enthralling me, which I guess is the point. Even thinking back to their set makes my heart shake in my chest. I loved the singers vocals though, they seemed to pulse and grow with the noise rock they pumped out behind the stupid mask shit. They were enchanting, with emphasis on the 'chanting' because, well, they chanted. It was intense in a tribe-from-a-Disney-movie kind of way, which is the best way ever. Nerverock. Terrifyingly rocked to smithereens was I. And in the end, when that THING was no longer visible, I loved it.

Day 2:

Cold Warps
I love this band and was looking forward to seeing them....but they kind of disappointed me. I don't know if it was because of the outdoor area where they played causing the sound to be off and the singer to wobble on the hilly plains, or whether it was them being hungover/drunk/lazy/hot/bothered or what, but they just didn't blow me away whatsoever.

Tomboyfriend are a band like no other. They sound (and sometimes look) like Rocky Horror meets the Island of Misfit Toys (which were always the coolest toys) starring David Bowie and Queen.
The main singer was BALLSY as fuck to hit the stage in his underwear, and was by far my favourite performer all weekend. He kind of reminded me of Will Ferrell as Harry Caray, meant in the most wonderful of ways.
Everybody else sang as well, and the two keyboardists sung a song together that just blew me with her Jewel/Shakira-like voice and his Groban'esque sound.
Everything about them was fabulous. TORONTO REPRESENT!

The Blow
I lied above when I said I liked everybody who played this fest. At the time I was not impressed by she who is The Blow. I kind of thought she blew. But now, reading more about her, I feel differently. Main stage material... no, only because I wasn't in the mood, but at the same time the fact that most fests would never give that type of thing the chance on the main stage and Sappyfest threw her up there says a lot about the type of fest it is, and I respect that.

Day 3:

Michael Hurley
I had the honour of watching Michael Hurley, the legendary folk singer/songwriter whom I had only heard of but never heard. Despite the blasted heat in the unairconditioned hall, he was hotter and that was cool enough to keep me in my seat. (wow, that was terrible)
His musical stories sounded as if the spirits of Hank Williams and Roger Miller were helping him write and perform, sitting there alone on stage, just him and his acoustic guitar. He is a very interesting character to watch and it's quite mesmerising. Especially when he burps into the mic and carries on as if the sound wasn't echoed through speakers surrounding an audience.

Ok. So at this point it's nearing a week and a half vacation of driving, drinking, camping, drinking, sight seeing, drinking, Sappyfest and lots of drinking, so my note taking became a bit sparse and my memory quite sloppy. I remember Cousins KILLING it though. They blew me the fuck away. Greatest chick drummer and the coolest screaming guitar player, a combination that sounded WAY bigger than just the two of them on stage. They actually gave me chills, every time he did his scream my vagina screamed along with him.

Bruce Peninsula
I've heard this band before, liked them, but then forgot about them. On album they're kind of like that, but live they're a totally different ball game. And I love ball games, of many sorts.
Amazing murky swamp rock with a performance to match that of Canailles in fun-ness. And the vocals... WOW. The one dude especially. Whattahowl. My new favourite live band.

From Toronto, but I've never heard of them? Another odd yet respectable choice for the main stage.
Guy and gal guitarists making love with guitars while rippin' rockin' romantic jams.
I really liked them, especially the song "Sleep".

Timber Timbre
Swamp magic they called it. Perfect description. I loved it. Total locomotion music, songs for train travels. Love TT.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion
I think this was the not so secret secret show?
Who knows.
Not a band I thought I liked too much, way too slow and boring on CD.
Live though? THEY WERE FUCKING AWESOME. The drummer was nuts and never made sense to me, the singer belted it out never quite facing the audience, all I could see was his hair and side, TWO violins stroking my ear penai. NOT boring at all live. Trance-like, actually. The violins control how you feel. I died a wee bit. Never will I


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